About me

Graduated from HKU (global subject ranking 14 in QS), I now serve as an Associate Professor in Dept of Economics and Finance in Hong Kong Shue Yan University. I am the founder and director of Sustainable Real Estate Research Center, Director of BCom(Hons) in FinTech programme where we successfully secure SSSDP subsidy of HK$ 42,800 per student annually with a maximum of 30 local students (totaled HK$5,292,000 per batch of students max) from HKSAR government, starting from year 2021/2022 cohort. I am also a coordinator of Master of Property and Asset Management (with HHUT in Taiwan). I am an Elected Fellow of Institute of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence and Director of International Engineering and Technology Institute (2019-) where there are 10 Nobel Prize / Turing Award / Fields Metal / Wolf Prize Laureates in the Institute.

My major field of research interests lies in construction safety, sustainable building, housing economics, real estate economics and construction informatics. I act as a journal editorial board members for many journals (see call for papers in this website), an author of 9 books and over 200 articles over the past eight years. I am hosting a series of research events (State of the art research in artificial intelligence and ubiquitous city, supported by Research Grant Council, UGC/IIDS15/E01/19). The next research workshops will be held on 29 December 2020 via Zoom, click here for more details and registration. We now call for paper for our special issue ‘AI and smart cities’ implications on urban safety‘ Safety Science IF4.105 (with Georgios Boustras, editor in chief of Safety Science in 2021).

To know more about my research, you may refer to the following websites:

Over the years, I won many local and international awards. I act as a PI and co-I for many academic research grants, including 5 highly competitive grants from Research Grant Council, and other grants obtained from quasi public institutions and government departments (over 10 million). I was the outstanding reviewer of Journal of Cleaner Production, a recipient of a Fellowship from the US to study the impact of law and culture on housing fittings in China which offered me a chance to present a paper to Nobel Prize Economist Prof Douglass North and received the top three presenter award among all the fellowship recipients. I was also a recipient of a grant issued by Ministry of Education jointly with a scholar from the People’s Republic of China, a visiting fellowship awardee from Australia and a finalist award for competition law research in the US.

I hold a few visiting positions in overseas university. I am currently an adjunct Professor of Economics at the Rattanakosin International College of Creative Entrepreneurship, Rajamangala University of Technology Rattanakosin in Thailand and an Adjunct Associate Professor in China-Australia Centre for Sustainable Urban Development, Tianjin University in China. I also served as an Endeavour Research Fellow at the University of South Australia (with Professor Simon Beecham, Deputy Vice Chancellor), a visiting scholar at RMIT (with Distinguished Professor Helen Lingard) in Australia, University of Regina (with Chair Professor Christine Chan, AI research) and Feng Chia University in Taiwan. I also gave guest lecture for Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Malaysia) and Hochschule 21 (Germany). Besides, I previously served as a PhD thesis external examiner for University of Macau, University Putra Malaysia, and an external examiner for Open University of Hong Kong, Lingnan University. I am also invited by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to serve as a research grant reviewer.

I am a chartered surveyor, an associate member in CIArb and HKIArb. I have a quite diverse academic background as I previously pursued study in fNIRS course, computer studies (mainly AI), psychology and higher education teaching.

I currently serve as a Appeal Board Panel member under the Cap 563 Renewal Authority Ordinance (Appointed by the HKSAR). My research on living quality has been included in the secondary curriculum and covered by mass media in different places, such as: